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European Culture: The Controlling Hand of Big Business

By Ken Loach / 13 June, 2015

It may be hard to define, but the idea that Europeans share common cultural traditions – from art to literature and cinema – is certainly a widely accepted one. The problem with defining European culture is that it inevitably involves long-winded, verbose statements – to which someone will always finds...

An Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis

By Massimo D’Alema / 16 March, 2015

Both the UNHCR and Amnesty international have deplored the thousands of deaths of people desperately trying to escape war and poverty (it is estimated that about 2,500 people have died since the beginning of 2014). As this figure shows, we are facing an enormous tragedy that concerns us all. The...

Ecological and Social Sustainability go Hand in Hand

By Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh / 14 November, 2014

Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this figure is expecting to reach 70% by 2050. Cities around the world have taken the lead on climate change adaptation and mitigation, showing what is possible and necessary. As Mr. Green points out in his report, local climate...

The Music of Democracy

By Roger Norrington / 23 June, 2014

British conductor Sir Roger Norrington is worried about growing signs of Euro-scepticism and the rise of right wing parties. He sees himself as a European but believes in the sovereignty of Europe’s nation states, and encourages musicians to become more politically active. The strange thing about my job is that...

Ukraine: A mid-crisis assesment

By André Gerrits / 23 June, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The country is chartering unknown and dangerous waters. Almost six months into the crisis, and after a series of important developments, several conclusions can be drawn concerning the three major actors: the Ukrainian government, the Putin leadership, and the European Union. Where...

Saving a broken euro

By Joseph Stiglitz / 23 June, 2014

As we survey the damage from the years of crisis and recession in Europe that finally seems to be ebbing, there is a sigh of relief that the Eurozone has not fallen apart. But the return to growth is a far cry from a return to prosperity. At the current...

Advocating a truly preventive policy on employment

By Yasmin Fahimi / 23 June, 2014

The new General Secretary of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) is keenly committed to issues related to the job market. Among other things, she advocates stronger codetermination and a new social contract to balance work and free time. She could talk to you for hours about working conditions and ways...

Subsidiarity: Meeting the challenge of a changing world

By Gerhard Stahl / 23 June, 2014

In an era of globalisation, the EU policy mechanism of subsidiarity offers European citizens an opportunity to reassert their democratic power. As the influence of Europe’s individual nation states continues to wane, it could also give policymakers the power to deal with the global challenges they face. So why is...

Fairer taxation for a fairer society

By Mojca Kleva Kekus / 27 February, 2014

An estimated one trillion euros are lost every year due to tax fraud and tax avoidance. Every year, the tax gap of European countries is practically equal to the EU seven-year budget. This amount is higher than what is spent on healthcare by all member states. This has become a...

Have we accurately assessed the challenge of climate change?

By Jean Pascal van Ypersele / 27 February, 2014

Vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and professor of climatology at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele offers a reminder of what should be an obvious fact: if we want to protect the climate as decided in Copenhagen, instead of “reducing” CO2 emissions, we...

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